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The Liverpool Public Library has served the community of Liverpool, New York since 1893. The Library produces a local history video series called Liverpool Legends. These videos feature long-time residents of Liverpool, New York and the surrounding area. Discover, learn and grow with the stories and recollections of the events that have shaped our community.

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Joseph F. "Frank" Selinski - Attended Liverpool School - Anne O'Neal first grade teacher - father came to US in 1895 - four sisters and three brothers -   (1:50) www.lpl.org
Topics: Joseph F. "Frank" Selinski, Liverpool N.Y., Schools
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Robert Albro  Quote 1 Early Life (1:58) One Room School Skipped 8th Grade because of one room exposing him to review old material and exposure to higher grades Moved to Liverpool - much closer to school http://www.lpl.org
Topics: Robert Albro, Liverpool N.Y., Schools
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White City was the last and perhaps the most spectacular resort - located on what is now a parking lot for the State Fair - built in 1906 - a copy of Coney Island - open air platform seating for 5,000 for band concerts and vaudeville acts - restaurant that could seat 1,000 - Japanese Tea Garden - miniature scenic railroad - 41,000 people attended its opening - closed only 9 years later in 1915 -    (2:44) Across the Lake: A Visit to Onondaga Lake’s Amusement Parks 1875-1920 Part of the...
Topics: Amusement parks, Parks, Onondaga Lake, Liverpool N.Y., White City
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Greeting by Ken Hurst - Liverpool the capital of the willow industry - sold by willow makers locally and also shipped them by box car to New York City -   (1:32) Part of the compilation DVD: Exploring Liverpool’s Past, Volume 1 www.lpl.org
Topics: Basket making, Willow industry, Willow weaving, Liverpool Willow Museum, Liverpool N.Y., Kenneth P....
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William J. Hurst Ken Hurst Wilhma Hurst Loucks Frederick George Martin Mildred Elisabeth Snyder Howard H. Hurst (8:11) www.lpl.org
Topics: Hurst Family, Liverpool N.Y., William J. Hurst, Kenneth P. Hurst, Wilhma Hurst Loucks, Frederick...
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Sainte Marie Among the Iroquois was the first attempt to establish a European Settlement in Central New York - 17th Century - Central New York covered with dense woodland - burned sections planted with corn - bark houses - communities of 1,000 persons - Central New York became the setting for a power struggle among the European interests who wanted to claim the "New World" -    (1:57) Part of the compilation DVD: Exploring Liverpool’s Past, Volume 1 www.lpl.org
Topics: Ste. Marie de Gannentaha, Jesuits, Haudenosaunee, Iroquois, Liverpool N.Y.
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Wentworth family came to Liverpool in 1799 from the East Coast - boating was a familyaffair - if you had boys you didn't have to hire a driver to drive the mules - the kids would help load - he got out of that because the canal was closed in 1917 - but they couldn't close the section in Liverpool, or between Solvay and New London - Solvay Process had to get their soda ash out - Did away with mules, Syracuse was building streets, getting in the way of towpaths - man had a Hudson car and would...
Topics: Ken Wentworth, Liverpool N.Y., Canals, Boats, Solvay Process
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Workers worked long hours in a hot and humid environment - blocks ran continuously from April - December - ever present risk of burns, pneumonia, fires and explosions - a boiling block could produce 100 bushels or 5,600 lbs of salt in six to eight hours - not unusual for women and children to work alongside the men in the blocks   (1:16) Part of the compilation DVD: Exploring Liverpool’s Past, Volume 1 www.lpl.org
Topics: Salt industry, Liverpool N.Y., Boiling blocks, Labor
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Liverpool beginnings; Depression; Fire escape on school, putting bread wrapper on fanny and sliding down fire escape to wax it. (1:13) www.lpl.org
Topics: Crandall Melvin Jr., Liverpool N.Y., Schools
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Majored in Journalism, got a Master's degree at Iowa State University - had to fight for it because the University did not offer a straight Master's in Journalism, so she had to enroll in clothing and textiles - managed to focus her work around journalism, worked for Journalism Department - got into radio journalism and did news reports - eventually worked for the University in Public Relations. Director left position because of the war and she ran the department, but without the title or...
Topics: Ione Masters, Liverpool N.Y., Universities & colleges, Journalism
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Schooling, First Job, Return to Liverpool, Family   (1:11) www.lpl.org
Topics: Helen Heid Platner, Liverpool N.Y., Schools
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Historical Mysteries       Mold with ear of corn on bottom from Gale house (1:22) www.lpl.org
Topics: Betty Gurnett, Liverpool N.Y., Thomas K. Gale
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Ward (grandfather) was a cattle dealer and butcher; took me to Hoffmann’s, met the brothers when he was little Dad (Grant) was a trucker, he couldn’t stand the slaughterhouse, had an old Sanford truck, hard rubber tires, would deliver cinders and stone Howard (father's brother) became a cattle dealer, later he bought the Stevens farm on Vine Street GE took some of the farm, then the thruway, then Niagara Mohawk wanted to put wires over the land, he claimed the wires hummed and would upset...
Topics: Glenn Burdick, Liverpool N.Y., City & town life, Cattle, Butchers, Howard Burdick, Ward...
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17th Century Europe a time of war and change - fighting over borders and beliefs, great advances in the sciences and the arts -  Shakespeare, Galileo, Rembrandt, Cervantes - Jacques Cartier was one of the first French explorers to reach North America - 1535 discovered mouth of St. Lawrence while seeking a passage to China - Samuel Champlain was another French explorer - continued exploration of St. Lawrence River - 1608 he established Quebec as a fur-trading colony - the first settlement in...
Topics: Ste. Marie de Gannentaha, Jesuits, Haudenosaunee, Iroquois, Liverpool N.Y., New France, Jacques...
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The impact of the Canal System on the Salt Industry and vice versa - Tax on salt shipments paid for over half the cost of the canal - the canal provided low cost transportation for the salt to the nation - the canal would freeze in the winter, stopping traffic - railroads eventually took over the transportation of salt - The salt industry influenced other industries: coopering, wagon-making, boat-building and blacksmithing -   (1:28) Part of the compilation DVD: Exploring Liverpool’s Past,...
Topics: Salt industry, Liverpool N.Y., Canals
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Quote 24 Seeing Dachau Concentration Camp (2:26) April/May 1945 – Munich – saw prisoner of war camp with wire and towers Was Dachau concentration camp Inmates going in all direction, collapsing by side of road Dead and dying all around – horrible You would go by the dying and they would raise up their hand and salute –     One of the things I would like to forget, but can’t www.lpl.org
Topics: Robert Albro, Liverpool N.Y., World War II, Army, Dachau
Longhouses - 80-150 ft long by 20-30ft wide - built in clearings - sapling frames covered with sheets of elm bark - groups of longhouses together formed villages - a fence was often constructed around them for protection - Jesuits traveled to villages of the five nations with the exception of the Mohawk - only Christians were allowed to go beyond the gate of Ste. Marie - after only a year, the distrust between the Iroquois and the French grew - some of the Iroquois didn't want to forsake their...
Topics: Ste. Marie de Gannentaha, Jesuits, Haudenosaunee, Iroquois, Liverpool N.Y.
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By 1850 the available wood supply had been exhausted - switch to coal to fire the blocks -the price of coal sky-rocketed and the price of salt rose as well - as early as 1812, the state had set aside salt lots to experiment with solar salt manufacturing - the salt boiling blocks declined in the 1880s and by 1890 the last block was closed and solar salt was king Solar evaporation method - Salt was more coarse than from the boiling blocks, but cheaper - season depended on the weather - a crop of...
Topics: Salt industry, Liverpool N.Y., Solar salt, Wells, Old Liverpool Road, Thomas K. Gale
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Liverpool produced salt for 138 years - the salt was instrumental in keeping the Union Army fed during the Civil War - it was Onondaga Salt Works, not Union arms, that won the war - the salt industry began to decline due to new salt deposits found in the West - in 1908 the state decided to auction off the Salt Springs Reservation - by 1920, only two solar salt companies remained - 1922 a windstorm destroyed many salt yards - Gale was the only one to rebuild and stayed in business until 1926  ...
Topics: Salt industry, Liverpool N.Y., Civil War, Thomas K. Gale
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Youngest  - siblings - mother Laura Dow, father, James Lewis Wentworth, born on a canal boat grandfather  helped dig the Erie Canal and was probably the first freight canal boat, the "Erie Chief"  (1:05) www.lpl.org
Topics: Ken Wentworth, Laura Dow, James Lewis Wentworth, Canals, Boats
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After WW1, resorts began to lose ground - automobiles enabled people to travel farther for their amusements, the lake was getting more and more polluted - by the end of 1920 Onondaga Lake was at the end of an age - Oswego Canal was abandoned in 1918 - salt industry gone by 1926 - the resorts were gone - the Great Depression in 1929 sparked renewal along the lake - Crandall Melvin, Sr. - Onondaga Lake Parkway - The Old French Fort, The Salt Museum, Griffin Field, Jesuit Well, Gale Salt Springs,...
Topics: Amusement parks, Parks, Onondaga Lake, Liverpool N.Y., Crandall Melvin, Sr., Oswego Canal, Onondaga...
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He and his father went to Peter Duerr's - big building across from the animal hospital on Salina Street near Liverpool Lumber Company - he had a big willow factory there - he had  6 or 8 basket-makers, people who stripped the willows, people making bottoms and people just carrying bundles of willows around - a typical basket-maker would make a dozen baskets on a good day - he would get 50 cents a basket - he would bundle up the baskets until the wholesaler came - Thurwacker was his name and he...
Topics: Basket making, Willow industry, Willow weaving, Liverpool Willow Museum, Liverpool N.Y., Peter...
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May 17, 1656 - about 50 Frenchmen with a few Huron converts and Iroquois guides - left Quebec and journeyed up the St. Lawrence to Lake Ontario and then down into Central New York from what is now Oswego - July 11, 1656, they arrived on the shores of what is now Onondaga Lake - they set to building the mission, using the tools they brought with them - stone and wood from the surrounding area - making use of some of the building techniques they had observed - the mission had four buildings and a...
Topics: Ste. Marie de Gannentaha, Jesuits, Haudenosaunee, Iroquois, Liverpool N.Y., Onondaga Lake
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1925 "The New Long Branch Park" - bigger roller coaster - a larger merry-go-round - it finally closed in 1938 - merry-go-round sold to Roseland Park in Canandaigua - then in 1985, the merry-go-round was sold to Pyramid for the Carousel Mall -  (2:55) Across the Lake: A Visit to Onondaga Lake’s Amusement Parks 1875-1920 Part of the compilation DVD: Exploring Liverpool’s Past, Volume 1 www.lpl.org
Topics: Amusement parks, Parks, Onondaga Lake, Liverpool N.Y., Long Branch Park
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Mud Lock and the tavern there - Lock No. 5 on the Oswego Canal - built in 1828   (1:26) Across the Lake: A Visit to Onondaga Lake’s Amusement Parks 1875-1920 Part of the compilation DVD: Exploring Liverpool’s Past, Volume 1 www.lpl.org
Topics: Amusement parks, Parks, Onondaga Lake, Liverpool N.Y., Oswego Canal, Mud Lock, Taverns
Mid 1600s - five of the nations formed a confederation - the Mohawk, the Oneida, the Seneca, the Cayuga and the Onondaga came together on the shores of Onondaga Lake - they called themselves Haudenosaunee, or "People of the Long House" - the French called them Iroquois, from an Algonquin word meaning "Snake Eaters" - still very democratic - equal representation at Council meetings - following the great law of peace -   (1:13) Part of the compilation DVD: Exploring...
Topics: Ste. Marie de Gannentaha, Jesuits, Haudenosaunee, Iroquois, Liverpool N.Y., Iroquois Confederacy,...
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The willows that form the basket sides are the stanners and then there are the foot willows that form the bottom. He could make a dozen baskets a day, but not in an eight hour day - takes pride in his work. (5:04) www.lpl.org
Topics: Joseph F. "Frank" Selinski, Liverpool N.Y., Willow industry, Baskets
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The Golden Age - 1875 - 1920 - seven hotels, six restaurants, six large dance pavilions, four roller coasters, two carousels, two roller skating rinks, bowling alleys and a host of other attractions (:36) Across the Lake: A Visit to Onondaga Lake’s Amusement Parks 1875-1920 Part of the compilation DVD: Exploring Liverpool’s Past, Volume 1 www.lpl.org
Topics: Amusement parks, Parks, Onondaga Lake, Liverpool N.Y., Restaurants, Hotels, Bowling
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Dating An uncomfortable date with his future wife   Best friend who lived across from gas station set him up with his sister Ruth, she expected another boy, didn't go well Didn't date for a long time (1:03) www.lpl.org
Topics: Glenn Burdick, Liverpool N.Y., Ruth Burdick
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The French plan an escape - they secretly build boats and invited the Onondagas for a feast - two days of eating, singing and games - then they loaded the boats and left.  Mission abandoned in 20 months - the French never came back to Central New York - the Iroquois allied themselves with the British eventually, fighting side by side with them against the French in the 1700s - Closing credits   (2:43) Part of the compilation DVD: Exploring Liverpool’s Past, Volume 1 www.lpl.org
Topics: Ste. Marie de Gannentaha, Jesuits, Haudenosaunee, Iroquois, Liverpool N.Y.
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Pleasant Beach - second successful resort to open, and one of the last to close - the largest resort on the lake - started as a picnic area in 1874 as Cowen's Grove - best swimming on the lake - trolley line in 1899 - the exotic dancer "Little Egypt" made her only CNY appearance there - hot air balloon rides, parachute jumps, high divers, military reenactments - The Lackawanna Hotel - the third and final hotel closed in 1954, making Pleasant Beach the last of the resorts to close...
Topics: Amusement parks, Parks, Onondaga Lake, Liverpool N.Y., Pleasant Beach, Hotels
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1830s - kettles evolved into large "boiling blocks," or "salt blocks" containing 50 or 60 kettles - each with a 100-120 gallon capacity - storage for salt - wooden pipes to distribute the brine into the pots - firing pits - cisterns next to each block to hold the brine - process of boiling, drying and placing the salt in bags or barrels - Liverpool had 62 salt blocks during the boom years of the salt industry - located between Bloody Brook and Sycamore Street   (2:42) Part...
Topics: Salt industry, Liverpool N.Y., Boiling blocks
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Opening Montage - Onondaga Lake in the 1870s - Oswego Canal - Salt Boiling Blocks - 1887 Thomas Gale Solar Salt Works along what is now Old Liverpool Road - Fred Gaynor was first to see potential in the Western Shoreline of Onondaga Lake - he opened a picnic grove  at Lakeview Point and then added a hotel - larger resorts followed - in the Gay '90s, eight large resorts and a number of smaller ones were developed - Rockaway Beach, Maple Bay and White City - led to the title "The Coney...
Topics: Amusement parks, Parks, Onondaga Lake, Liverpool N.Y., Oswego Canal, Salt industry, Old Liverpool...
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Minoa  Father got a job plowing for a farmer, Glenn continued to sell his candy at the roundhouse Had a hard time with schoolwork in the East Syracuse, he and his mother stayed up nights with homework, but in Minoa, schoolwork was all review. (1:15) www.lpl.org
Topics: Glenn Burdick, Liverpool N.Y., Minoa N.Y., Schools
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Groceries delivered by vendors who traveled the neighborhoods - put a card in the window indicating what they wanted:  G for groceries, I for Ice, M for Milk - Williams Frank was a grocery store on Tulip Street - where the Dollar Store is now - his father would go to the willow shop at 8 or 9 in the morning - his uncles would come a little later - his brother made bottoms and if his father had more than he needed, he would take them over the Tulip Street to J.P. Rizler who would buy them for 5...
Topics: Basket making, Willow industry, Willow weaving, Liverpool Willow Museum, Liverpool N.Y., Stores...
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Quote 5 Deployment Overseas (2:38) Morocco on Dec 24 Out in open field, tens of thousands of stars, shepherds in the field – Biblical December Climate – 90 degrees during the day and below freezing at night Military clothing designed to protect from gas attack By May 120 degrees during the day – no duty during the day www.lpl.org
Topics: Robert Albro, Liverpool N.Y., Morocco, Army, Army Signal Corps, World War II
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The Iron Pier - build by the Rapid Transit Railroad in 1888 - located where Carousel Mall now stands - it was made out of wood, not iron, and was 600 ft long by 50 ft wide -by 1890 it was known as the gateway to Onondaga Lake - brilliantly lighted grounds - band concerts every day and evening - a large dance hall, restaurant, boat rentals, a playground at the beach and a toboggan water slide - closed in 1907   (2:38) Across the Lake: A Visit to Onondaga Lake’s Amusement Parks 1875-1920 Part...
Topics: Amusement parks, Parks, Onondaga Lake, Liverpool N.Y., Iron Pier
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Stripping willow (0:18) www.lpl.org
Topics: Hurst Family, Liverpool N.Y., Willow industry
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Grandfather raised cattle, sometimes he had a lot, sometimes not Was also a butcher, I had my own butcher’s knife when I was six Went into slaughterhouse with him, probably learned some things I shouldn’t have (:28) www.lpl.org
Topics: Glenn Burdick, Liverpool N.Y., Cattle, Butchers
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Iroquois Confederacy was very powerful during 17th century - bounded by the St. Lawrence River, the Hudson, lands as far south as Pennsylvania and beyond Rochester to the West - the Iroquois wanted access to European trade goods, such as metal tools, and decided to make peace with the French - June 1653, the Onondaga Chief traveled to Quebec and struck a tentative peace agreement with the French governor - Father Simon Le Moyne was chosen to go to the Onondaga and finalize the terms of the...
Topics: Ste. Marie de Gannentaha, Jesuits, Haudenosaunee, Iroquois, Liverpool N.Y., Iroquois Confederacy,...
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Quote 25 Final Assault on Hitler's Retreat (1:19) Germans tried to burn the retreat, but made of concrete     Furniture smashed and burned, equipment destroyed     Found a telephone in an alcove     Telephone donated to Onondaga Historical Association www.lpl.org
Topics: Robert Albro, Liverpool N.Y., World War II, Army, Hitler, Germany
1797 -  New York State took possession of the land around Onondaga Lake and established the 15,000 acre Onondaga Salt Springs Reservation - Salt Superintendent - land divided up into salt lots - Vivus W. Smith - 1855-1864 Salt Superintendent - 1862 a record 9,053,874 bushels of salt were produced - brine wells were drilled to augment what the brine springs could produce - the brine from the wells were distributed by wooden pipe through three state-owned pump houses - to a reservoir and then to...
Topics: Salt industry, Liverpool N.Y., Vivus W. Smith, Onondaga Lake
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Quote 20 Naples Loading Transports, Seeing Churchill (1:06) Were in Naples loading transports - LSTs Announcement that Churchill was passing by in a whaleboat Thought he was there to make sure everything was okay, but he was opposed to the landing location www.lpl.org
Topics: Robert Albro, Liverpool N.Y., World War II, Army, Naples, Winston Churchill
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The New York State Fair - 1889 -    (1:13) Across the Lake: A Visit to Onondaga Lake’s Amusement Parks 1875-1920 Part of the compilation DVD: Exploring Liverpool’s Past, Volume 1 www.lpl.org
Topics: Amusement parks, Parks, Onondaga Lake, Liverpool N.Y., New York State Fair, Fairs
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The $1000 College Fund   $1000 to attend Syracuse University, started saving, got a job at Continental Can trimming tin Work to a gas station during the day, father wanted his family to succeed, sign on gas station said Grant Burdick and Son By spring his father was broke, and he had his $1000 for school, he loaned his father the $1000, never went to college (1:46) www.lpl.org
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Thoughts of Dropping out of School   Had a difficult time with English, afraid he would not graduate, many boys dropped out of school to help on the farm Went to father, suggested he dropped out of school, father said no (1:04) www.lpl.org
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Odd Jobs   1934/1935, worked part time at grocery stores, had little free time Boy scouts, led by undertaker, gave him a job, 25¢ an hour at funeral home (1:02) www.lpl.org
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Land divided by rapid transit, had an ice house and garden with Horse and Buggy delivery service. Rumors of Prohibition in 1917, decided to start a hot dog stand. Working with Hoffman's and perfected a Coney.   Cars came along - was a nice Sunday drive - sold hot dogs   (1:33) www.lpl.org
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Found a bicycle in Johnny Miller’s barn, bought it and fixed it Enjoyed pulling a raft in willow land, was a willow farm in back of Sun Harbor (1:07) www.lpl.org
Topics: Glenn Burdick, Liverpool N.Y., Bicycles, Onondaga Lake
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Land around Onondaga Lake permanently settled in 1788 - Asa Danforth and Comfort Tyler - Tyler build the first salt manufactory - a kettle suspended over a fire pit to boil the brine - 1793 through 1830 most salt was made in groups of 4 to 6 60 gallon kettles set in stone arches with individual fires -    (1:29) Part of the compilation DVD: Exploring Liverpool’s Past, Volume 1 www.lpl.org
Topics: Salt industry, Liverpool N.Y., Asa Danforth, Comfort Tyler
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Carnegie Medal       Man who saved Mayor Floyd Tillitson's grandmother from drowning (1:36) www.lpl.org
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Grandfather had two boats of coal out on Cayuga Lake near Crowbar Point and they sunk -divers found them, plates still on the tables - are still there to this day  (:35) www.lpl.org
Topics: Ken Wentworth, Liverpool N.Y., Canals, Boats, Cayuga Lake
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Quote 6 Invasion of Sicily (2:41) July reassigned to Sicily for the invasion Duty was to relay target directions to fire control Later saw a documentary that said it was the first time the technique was used He was a pioneer, although he didn’t know it Strafed by a German plane – uninjured As a radioman you had no time to dig a foxhole – had to establish communications www.lpl.org
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Closing recap - Western Shore returned to undeveloped land - just slight reminders of the resorts can be found there -  closing montage of images (2:21) Across the Lake: A Visit to Onondaga Lake’s Amusement Parks 1875-1920 Part of the compilation DVD: Exploring Liverpool’s Past, Volume 1 www.lpl.org
Topics: Amusement parks, Parks, Onondaga Lake, Liverpool N.Y.
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Liverpool elementary school sits on 10 acres that was grandpa’s Creek ran through middle, grandpa tiled land to creek so cows could go out earlier in season Saturday night was bath night, in kitchen, warmest room in the house, Stove had warm water reservoir Because grandfather was a butcher, shirts with blood had to be soaked in  cold water Big copper double boiler on stove for Monday laundry High ceilings, grandmother would give candle, stand at the foot of the  stairs, he would go up the...
Topics: Glenn Burdick, Liverpool N.Y., Farms, Houses, Butchers
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Depression - sold two hot dogs in a row for ten cents with a pickle. One of the first fast-food stands in Central New York  (:32) www.lpl.org
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French settlers traded goods for beaver skins - very valuable commodity in Europe - many battles over trapping grounds and trading rights -  religion was also an important part of life in France - the Jesuits were eager to come to New France and convert the Native Americans to the Catholic faith - in France, the divine right of kings, strict class system - rigid class structure - women had no political power - Native Americans lived very differently - complex political system of Chiefdoms,...
Topics: Ste. Marie de Gannentaha, Jesuits, Haudenosaunee, Iroquois, Liverpool N.Y., Religion
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Work became more demanding, 12 hour days, building Thompson submachine guns Shipped them to England, were expecting paratroopers invading from Germany, shoot them in the air (1:55) www.lpl.org
Topics: Glenn Burdick, World War II, Liverpool N.Y., Labor, Weapons
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Pot-bellied stove - cook on one side and freeze on the other - boiling pan for willow - original light bulbs from 1926 - calendars from 1906 and 1907 -   (2:47) Part of the compilation DVD: Exploring Liverpool’s Past, Volume 1 www.lpl.org
Topics: Basket making, Willow industry, Willow weaving, Liverpool Willow Museum, Liverpool N.Y.
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The Gas Station  Father decided to buy a gas station where Koerner Ford used to be, went to bank to borrow $100, money on the table, about to sign, banker asked what he was going to use it for; when he told him, the banker said not without money; Father crushed again; father scrounged the money and opened a gas station (1:31) www.lpl.org
Topics: Glenn Burdick, Liverpool N.Y., Grant Burdick, Banks, Gas stations
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He went to Cooperstown and there was a man and woman from England. The man said the pin Frank was using was made in London - if ever he went to London he could get one for him - the woman was working in Cooperstown, went to London and the man got her a pin to bring back to him. Balancing the basket - weaving the handle. ( 4:20) www.lpl.org
Topics: Joseph F. "Frank" Selinski, Liverpool N.Y., Basket making, Cooperstown
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Rockaway Beach was built south of Maple Bay in 1895 by Civil War Veteran, Joseph Hecker - catered to sportsman - shooting, boating, bowling, dancing and picnicking - in the winter it was the home of the Syracuse Ice Boating Club (2:15) Across the Lake: A Visit to Onondaga Lake’s Amusement Parks 1875-1920 Part of the compilation DVD: Exploring Liverpool’s Past, Volume 1 www.lpl.org
Topics: Amusement parks, Parks, Onondaga Lake, Liverpool N.Y., Rockaway Beach, Joseph Hecker
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Life in East Syracuse   Iceboxes, iceman, a sign in the window telling him how much ice you needed Would also put milk outside when it was cooled to save ice, East Syracuse was a dirty town because of the trains, curtains were always dirty (:58) www.lpl.org
Topics: Glenn Burdick, Liverpool N.Y., East Syracuse N.Y.
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Impact of Depression   life was good in the twenties, but the thirties were hard Left the Zogg school, finished fifth grade in Edwardsville, one room schoolhouse Dad took old dump truck after the three new ones were repossessed, and helped build a Causeway across Black Lake Lived in a summer camp, when it got cold would ice skate to school There were a lot of frogs around the camp in the springtime, they would stun the frogs with paddles, they made for good eating (2:09) www.lpl.org
Topics: Glenn Burdick, Liverpool N.Y., Depressions, Schools, Edwardsville N.Y., Black Lake N.Y., Frogs,...
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Geometry Seventh through ninth grade in Port Leyden, study hall housed the whole school Principal had the study hall, also taught geometry, he loved the class (1:10) www.lpl.org
Topics: Glenn Burdick, Liverpool N.Y., Port Leyden N.Y., Schools
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Buzz Saw   Father got work cutting wood, splitting profits with a landowner, got a buzz saw, ran it off a model T, gas was an issue, car stalled going uphill, had to back up the hill so gas would feed (1:19) www.lpl.org
Topics: Glenn Burdick, Liverpool N.Y., Wood
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Selling Used Cars   Applied to be a used car salesman at Salina Chevrolet, started in same showroom as Sam Dell, for $25.00 a week Cost of cars then and in todays money (3:33) www.lpl.org
Topics: Glenn Burdick, Liverpool N.Y., Automobiles
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1938 Auto Show   Asked girl from across the street to go with him, he asked her to marry him that fall gave her a ring at Christmas Wanted to get married the next summer, couldn't because she would be unable to teach if she married (1:26) www.lpl.org
Topics: Glenn Burdick, Liverpool N.Y., Ruth Burdick, Automobiles
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A complete set of tools used by the basket-maker - willow knives - 18 to 20 men in late October would go by train to Lyons, Waterloo and Seneca Falls to cut willow - cut willow brought back to Liverpool by train and picked up at the railroad station that was near Heid's - the public steamer building is still on the 100 block of First Street - once steamed, they were taken to the willow-makers' homes to be stripped - the steaming loosens the bark (3:20) Part of the compilation DVD: Exploring...
Topics: Basket making, Willow industry, Willow weaving, Liverpool Willow Museum, Liverpool N.Y., Tools,...
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Kindergarten, went down to old fire barn at the corner of Tulip and Brow, Classmates David Schamu, father was a dentist. Suzanne Lacy, lived in Gleason Home, there was a masonry fence around that house in those days Johnny Correll, came from Germany, couldn’t speak English, owned a corner of Moyers Corner, sold it off for a shopping center Robert Ellis, told him there wasn’t any Santa Robert O’Malley, liked to pick on him Was the girl from the Ward baking company family, she lived in what...
Topics: Glenn Burdick, Liverpool N.Y., Schools, Outhouses, Fire engines, David Schamu, Suzanne Lacy, Johnny...
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Fathers Inventions   Father invented a way to burn a hole to engine oil to heat gas station He also put a second transmission in his truck, two gearshifts, watts of power (:59) www.lpl.org
Topics: Glenn Burdick, Liverpool N.Y., Grant Burdick, Gas stations
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Skating on the Lake       Ice Sail Boats     Body Sailing (1:03) www.lpl.org
Topics: Betty Gurnett, Liverpool N.Y., Winter, Ice boats, Onondaga Lake
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Encounter with a Bully   There was a bully who always picked on him, one day he spilled his box of candy, the family needed the money, he took after him and beat him up Ended up getting beat up by a kid whose father was a professional boxer Pencil sketch of school, built in mid 1800s, wooden floors, school burned down (2:16) www.lpl.org
Topics: Glenn Burdick, Liverpool N.Y., Schools, Bullies
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Bomb Shelter in Liverpool -  Ken Sargent grew interested in bomb shelters, thinking that his architectural firm would become experts and sell a lot of contracts for backyard bomb shelters - called Crandall and they worked out how he could build one in his backyard - idea never caught on - he used it to store liquor in the summer and lawn chairs in the winter - the grape arbor was the roof of the shelter.   (2:58)
Topics: Crandall Melvin Jr., Liverpool N.Y., D. Kenneth Sargent, Bomb shelters
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Bowling Alley - 4 lanes - larger alleys opened and her father didn't have the space to expand, so they closed it and used the building for their warehouse   (1:24) www.lpl.org
Topics: Helen Heid Platner, Liverpool N.Y., Bowling